Gremlins Revisted: 25 years later….
Gremlins was a hot summer movie in 1984 (although the movie takes place in Christmas)..kids in my class went to see it, so I HAD to see it. I went with my grandparents (I was 7). I remember being in awe of Gizmo and the Gremlins, and walked away very excited and enthusiastic.
I rewatched Gremlins 3 or 4 weeks ago, so let’s compare the mind of a 7-year old vs a 32-year old:
- I still think Gizmo is cute.
- When I was 7, the stupidity of the main human characters was over my head, as was the romance, and fact that their personalities were pastiches stereotyping a small town.
- I didn’t like the hero’s dog getting abused when I was 7 or when I was 32.
- I was rooting for the Gremlins as a kid because although the humans were getting murdered, it was done in a Looney Toons slapstick way. The irony is that now, I hated the little monsters, and I feel that Gremlins isn’t suitable for kids, an. I think that’s pretty deep…lol.
- The hero is a Enneagram Type 6, which can be frustrating for other Type Six’s to watch (using Spider-Man 3 as an example where many Type Six’s protested Peter Parker’s actions).
- The acting was pretty bad.
- Burger King’s product placement was very obvious.
- The first half is a comedy, but as soon as the Gremlins incubate it becomes a twisted horror flick.
- I now see the Gremlins as a symbol of mutant anarchy.
- I didn’t enjoy the mother stabbing the evil Gremlin with a butcher knife.
- I recall my grandfather being a little worried about me seeing some scenes, but the truth is the violence in Gremlins had no affect on me- I was just happy to go to the movies with my family.
- All in all, it really was an innovative movie, and quite sadistically dark. It is truly a departure from other movies marketed to kids pre-1984.